Monday, October 31, 2011

TSMC ships production wafers at 28nm as tapeouts double

Altera, AMD, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Xilinx lead as tapeouts double

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

The march of Moore's Law continues as TSMC starts shipping production wafers from its 28nm process technology. 
TSMC's 28nm process offering includes 28nm High Performance (28HP), 28nm High Performance Low Power (28HPL), 28nm Low Power (28LP), and 28nm High Performance Mobile Computing (28HPM). The 28HP, 28HPL and 28LP technologies are all in volume production and 28HPM will be ready for production by the end of this year. The production-version design collateral of 28HPM has been distributed to most mobile computing customers for their product-design use.
The number of customer 28nm production tape outs has more than doubled as compared with that of 40nm with over 80 customer product tape-outs. The TSMC 28nm process has surpassed the previous generation's production ramps and product yield at the same point in time due to closer and earlier collaboration with customers.
"Building on TSMC and Altera's 18 years of established technology partnership, TSMC's comprehensive 28nm process offerings and Altera's leading-edge FPGA technology complement each other perfectly, enabling us to uniquely tailor our 28nm product portfolio to best meet our customers' diverse design requirements," said Vince Hu, Vice President of Product and Corporate Marketing at Altera. "In our 28nm generation, TSMC's 28LP process fits the requirement of Cyclone V and Arria V families with the lowest power and costs, and we have utilized the 28HP process for the industry's first delivered high-end 28nm FPGA, Stratix V with the highest performance and the lowest power in high-performance systems."
"We applaud TSMC's success bringing a robust 28nm process to market, and we look forward to leveraging the benefits of this new process when we ship our next-generation discrete graphics products," said Matt Skynner, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, GPU Division, AMD. "The combination of AMD's industry-leading graphics IP and TSMC's manufacturing prowess will enable the next big leap in graphics performance with the parallel compute horsepower and power efficiency designed to meet the needs of even the most demanding gamer."
"NVIDIA and TSMC have a history of delivering the most complex GPU architectures on state-of-the-art process nodes. This partnership has been among the industry's most prolific, resulting in more than one billion GPUs shipped. Our close collaboration in developing 28nm processors will once again deliver the most energy-efficient GPUs and highest-performance graphics processors on the market," said Jeff Fisher, Senior Vice President, GeForce Business Unit, NVIDIA.
"Qualcomm and TSMC have a long history of collaboration to bring to market the latest in mobile semiconductor technology on the most advanced silicon manufacturing processes, and we are excited to be introducing the first integrated smartphone processors at the 28nm node," said Jim Clifford, senior vice president and general manager of operations at Qualcomm. "The Snapdragon S4 class of processors are manufactured in TSMC's highly sophisticated 28LP process, enabling Qualcomm to deliver the breakthrough combination of high performance and ultra low power to mobile devices."
"Building our 7 Series FPGA and processing families on the 28nm HPL process in collaboration with TSMC is enabling Xilinx to lower static power by 50% while also increasing both raw performance and usable performance ," said Vincent Tong, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Quality and New Product Introductions at Xilinx. "Xilinx has delivered several industry-firsts to our customers, including the first 28nm FPGA to begin shipments and the industry's highest capacity FPGAs with the lowest power."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Top ten posts this month on the Embedded blog

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

The multi-gesture touchscreen continues to be the most popular story on The Embedded blog in October, but recent stories on the ARM Cortex-M4 and ST's ultra-low power microcontroller research have made an interesting entry into the list. With 9,800 views this month, these are just a small fraction of the stories that were of interest to the embedded community.



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